Fundamentals of Design Certificate

Your Fundamentals of Design Certificate is the first step towards a certificate in Graphic Design and a degree in Graphic Arts. Many students continue on for a higher certificate and/or a degree.

Contact (815) 455-8732 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $4,191.5

Credit Hours to Complete: 18

Weeks to Complete: 32

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Total Fundamentals of Design Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,097 $6,007.14 $8,620.92 $8,620.92
Additional Costs $2,094.5 $2,094.5 $2,094.5 $2,094.5
Program Total $4,191.5 $8,101.64 $10,715.42 $10,715.42

What makes MCC’s Fundamentals of Design Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

MCC's Fundamentals of Design Certificate program is taught by dedicated instructors who are working in the field of Graphic Design. Opportunities for large-format printing, use of state-of-the-art design labs, and access to education in related design fields allow students to enter the workforce prepared for entry-level design.

How will MCC's Fundamentals of Design Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

MCC’s Fundamentals of Design Certificate program prepares students with introductory design skills in a professional setting. Students will have the beginning skills to solve design problems with up-to-date technology and processes.

What have graduates gone on to do?

Graduates with the Fundamentals of Design Certificate have found entry-level work in the design field and typically pursue continued education by seeking the Graphic Design Certificate and/or the AAS degree in Graphic Arts.

Outside the Classroom

Students in the Graphic Arts program have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, display work, participate in VOICES magazine, and network in a thriving social media presence.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.